Ann Arbor’s Mary Beth Doyle Park – Tuesday Playground Profile

This profile of Ann Arbor’s Mary Beth Doyle Park is part of our Tuesday Playground Profiles Series. Are you interested in sponsoring the series? Contact us for details. 

Each week Ann Arbor with Kids is profiling a different playground in the Ann Arbor area including Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, Dexter, etc. Today we are profiling Mary Beth Doyle Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor's Mary Beth Doyle Park Playground Profile - Structure View

Ann Arbor’s Mary Beth Doyle Park

Mary Beth Doyle Park is a large park in Ann Arbor. It has an extensive nature area with several entrances. The playground is located near the Birch Hollow Drive entrance.


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Mary Beth Doyle Park Profile

Location: 3500 Birch Hollow Dr, Ann Arbor
Unique Features: 81 acres, Climbing challenges
Swings: Yes – 2 Regular, 1 baby, 1 adaptive
Ann Arbor's Mary Beth Doyle Park Playground Profile - SwingsSurface: Mulch
Bathrooms: No
Shade: Large trees semi-close to the structure will provide shade at some times of day.
Pavilion: No
Sports Fields: Yes- Basketball, Disc Golf
Walking Trails: Yes – paved and unpaved
Parking: Yes. Parking lot at the end of Birch Hollow Drive


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Ann Arbor’s Mary Beth Doyle Park Profile

Ann Arbor’s Mary Beth Doyle Park is a large park surrounding Mallets Creek and the surrounding woods and wetlands. 

The play structure near Birch Hollow is great for your little Ninja. Instead of a traditional structure, there are a series of obstacles. At 12, my daughter loved the challenge – although some were a bit harder at 5’2″ than they would be for a younger child.

My daughter loved the climbing rings, although she found it easier to go across the top than through them.

Ann Arbor's Mary Beth Doyle Park Playground Profile - Ring Climber

She also enjoyed climbing the webbing.

Ann Arbor's Mary Beth Doyle Park Playground Profile - Climbing the Web

In addition to the climbing challenges, Mary Beth Doyle Park has other equipment which might be better for younger children. There are two traditional sling swings, one baby bucket, and one adaptive swing. There is a bouncer, a see-saw, and a bouncing platform.

Ann Arbor's Mary Beth Doyle Park Playground Profile - See-Saw While at Mary Beth Doyle Park, take some time to walk the paths around the creek and wetlands. Or, bring a frisbee for a fun game of disc golf through the park.


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The Ann Arbor Parks map of Mary Beth Doyle Park shows a second playground near Hikone Drive. The park map does not show walking trails between the two parks. The following week, we visited the other play area and discovered that it is actually Rose Park which we profiled separately.

Have you been to Ann Arbor’s Mary Beth Doyle Park? What is your favorite part? You can find more information about Mary Beth Doyle Park on the Ann Arbor Parks website.

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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